I’m Nirel. (:
Who I Am:
Where I’ve been:
I grew up in sunny South Florida and moved to the Seattle area in high school. Now I attend the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and absolutely love it here in the Pacific Northwest. My family lives in LA, so I spend a lot of time there, and I have lived in Spain twice — on exchange in Granada, and doing my end-of-degree research project in Valencia. I’ve traveled around Western Europe and plan to keep exploring. (: Please feel free to ask me anything about exchange, UBC, student life, health, travel, long-distance relationships, etc. I have benefitted a lot from the Blog Squad as a resource, especially before coming to UBC and in my first couple years. I would love to give back — that’s why I write!
Some things I like (to do):
I love health & fitness and outdoorsy activities, such as hiking/kayaking/rock climbing/running/biking/snowboarding/going to the beach/doing yoga etc. I love discovering places to eat around the city, as well as new recipes. I have been vegetarian or vegan throughout my life, and now I also eat fish/seafood.
In 2013 I started VegUBC, a community of students interested in a healthy / plant-based lifestyle. We host monthly potlucks, restaurant outings and cooking demos aroud Vancouver throughout the school year — and you’re invited! Find us on Facebook or give our instagram a look at @VegUBC. (Edit: As of November 2016, I no longer run the VegUBC club. It was so much fun creating and being a part of such a wonderful group of people, and since I’m graduating this year, I’ve passed the torch on. You can still be a part of the group, and feel free to ask me questions about it, though!)
Music artists/bands I’m into in the moment include Kendrick Lamar, 20syl, Ratatat, Queens of the Stone Age, Rodrigo y Gabriela, J Cole, Georges Brassens, Movits!, Kanye West (yes, I’m a fan), Jacque Brel, Juanito Makandé and many, many more. I really enjoy seeing live shows as well as making music (mostly playing drums).
I’m in the Faculty of Arts and am a self-proclaimed ‘brain and people dork’ majoring in Cognitive Systems. It’s an interdisciplinary program we have at UBC (in both Science and Arts) that combines Psychology + Computer Science + Linguistics + Philosophy, and it is SO COOL. If you are interested in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science or Robotics, definitely check it out.
I am also really interested in cultural anthropology, perception, human and/or machine interaction and languages, among other subjects. In addition to English, I speak Hebrew & Spanish.
I’m really friendly, so if you go to UBC and see me around campus, say hi! Feel free to comment below and give me a shout out, as well. I lived on-campus first year and have since moved off-campus, and will be graduating this spring. (:
What I Blog About / Where Else You Can Find Me:
This blog is an archive of my adventures at UBC, in Vancouver, on exchange in Spain and in my travels during university. It’s also a platform where I provide helpful tips to students and wanderers who end up here.
This platform is more oriented toward UBC / student life – related material. If you are looking for more recent content by me, check out my other personal blog. There you’ll find posts related to health, travel and other fun stuff. I also contribute to the Flight Network blog and plan to start an active Youtube channel soon (so keep yer eyes peeled! (; ).
instagram: @nirel.mar email: nirelmar (at) gmail (dot) com
It was so nice meeting you this weekend, Nirel! You are absolutely lovely! I look forward to further exploring your blog and getting to know you more. xx
Thanks a bunch, Kristy! It was so nice meeting you, as well. You are so sweet! Same here. (:
Keepin’ it Kind posted ON YOUR BLOG!!!!
please take a minute to just take that in.
you’re amazing. (both Nirel & Kristy)
So glad to have met you over the weekend!!
Kittee!! It was so wonderful meeting you at VVC! I was just admiring your blog yesterday. 😀
Nirel, it was such a treat getting to meet you at Vida Vegan Con! I look forward to reading about more of your adventures on your blog!
Likewise, Cadry! It was so nice meeting you and David! I’m also keeping an eye out for more of your fun videos and yummy recipe posts 😀